Nashik: In a glittering light and sound ceremony, Tata Trusts, Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCML) inaugurated the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Van Udyan in Nashik, as part of a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NMC and Tata Trusts to restore the natural beauty of the park.
As part of Tata Trusts' Natural Resource Management portfolio, the partnership with NMC will focus on the protection and preservation of the existing Jawaharlal Nehru Van Udyan, which has been designated as 'reserved forests'.
Through Tata Trusts, the Jawaharlal Nehru Van Udyan will feature Asia's largest live 'sound & light' show – Katha, in Marathi, to communicate the social message of conservation of forest. The live show, retrofitted in the existing amphitheater with the background of dense forest makes use of canopy to convey the message, is slated to be a daily affair. It will soon feature in Hindi as well. Bringing it up to international standards and leveraging technology, this one-of-a-kind park will also feature special animatronics as the main attraction for children. Keeping the conservation plans of the forest department in mind, Tata Trusts enabled the use of ecologically safe and conscious products to keep the park as natural as possible. Apart from planting additional trees, the park has been barricaded using special bamboo fencing. Tata Trusts will be involved in the maintenance of the Van Udyan for the next four years in collaboration with the FDCML.
Present at the event, Mr. Ashish Deshpande, Head- Grant Management, Tata Trusts said, "We are happy to partner with Nashik Municipal Corporation to help conserve the natural forests and wildlife in this beautiful city. We hope this collaborative effort will help create awareness and sensitise the public about the need to co-exist with nature; now and for generations to come."
With Tata Trusts' support, the activities of the initial phases are already in execution. The mobilisation of resources and equipment has been rapid. The vendors have been engaged in rapid implementation of the key outcomes.
Tata Trusts has been actively involved in the preservation and restoration of natural resources, wildlife and forests. Prior to this, Tata Trusts had created a 10,000-sq-ft enclosure in partnership with 'My Vets', to safeguard the dwindling population of peacocks at the Raj Bhawan in Mumbai, earlier this year.
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